Biodiversity Studies in Argentina
Fall & Winter 2015-2016
Faculty: Erik V. Thuesen
Faculty Signature Required: Students must complete this application survey.
Applications received by the Academic Fair, May 13, 2015, will be given priority. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.
Major areas of study include biodiversity, natural history and Spanish language. Up to 24 upper-division science credits are possible and will be arranged with faculty on a case-by-case basis.
Class Standing: Sophomore-Senior; transfer students welcome.
Fields of Study: Biology, Botany, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Field Studies, Language Studies, Marine Science, Natural History
Prerequisites: Previous academic work in natural history and/or environmental studies is required. One year of college-level Spanish language studies or equivalent ability in Spanish is required.
Credits: 32
Enrollment: 15
Special Expenses: Students will leave for Argentina at the end of week one in fall. The student fee for this program will be $5,850. This will cover lodging in Argentina for both fall and winter quarters, except for four weeks in winter while students are conducting projects. It will cover 50 percent of food expenses, the majority of in-country transportation expenses, and language training in fall and winter. The student fee does not cover international airfare (currently about $1,300 RT), short-distance local transportation, and lodging/food/travel/homestay during breaks and while students are conducting small-group projects. The additional costs are estimated to total approximately $3,100. The total estimated costs for this two-quarter program (including expenses incurred over Thanksgiving and winter breaks) for food, lodging, transportation, Spanish Language instruction, and fieldwork activities (excursions, national park fees, museum fees, etc.) is $8,950. Because of the low cost of living and traveling in Latin America compared to the high cost of Olympia, the costs of participating in this two-quarter program will be roughly the same as living in Olympia.
A nonrefundable deposit of $600 is due by August 1, 2015. Final payment deadline is September 10, 2015.